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Serving Our Community through 23rd Annual A Day of Caring

Community news | Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Unity Health recently held its 23rd annual A Day of Caring. 1,150 participants received assistance through the medical mission, which helps uninsured and underinsured residents of White County and the surrounding areas.

This year, 450 volunteers from Unity Health and the community joined to serve at the outreach event, held in the Harding University Ganus Activities Complex. Also, 25 local organizations set up booths to provide educational materials to participants on health and social services.

“We are always amazed at the remarkable turnout of volunteers and sponsors,” Unity Health Marketing Director Brooke Pryor said. “The spirit of volunteerism in our community is tremendous, and our hospital is proud to be part of a community that cares for its neighbors. Thank you to each volunteer and sponsor who served at A Day of Caring.”

Physicians, physician residents, nurses, Unity Health associates, volunteers, dentists, eye doctors, their staff and pharmacies from the local medical community donated their time and services to see patients. As a result, the providers performed 71 medical exams, 146 dental screenings, 108 eye screenings and prescriptions were filled for 25 participants. Pap exams, depression screenings and blood sugar checks were also given.

A total of 550 bags of school supplies and 550 pairs of shoes were given to children present. Hairstylists gave 163 haircuts, 500 bags of groceries were distributed, 345 bags of personal care items, 18 car seat safety checks were given, and 965 Bibles were given out to participants. Other items given out included additional personal care products, diapers, and children’s socks and underwear. 1,285 lunches were also distributed to participants and volunteers.

A Day of Caring 2017 was sponsored by the following:

Sharing Sponsors: ARcare, Arkansas State University - Beebe, CARTI, Centennial Bank, Dr. Robert E. Elliott Foundation, Economic Recovery Consults, Edward Jones, Entergy, Families, Inc., First Community Bank, First Security Bank, First United Methodist Church Thrift Shop, Kids Unlimited Learning Academy, NorthStar EMS, Radiology Associates Searcy Breast Center, Simmons First Bank, Southern Bank, Spencer Felts Agency, Valley Baptist Church, Walmart, White County Community Foundation, White County Farm Bureau, Unity Health, Unity Health Auxiliary, and Unity Health Clinics.

Caring Sponsors: Adventure Kids Dental, B & B Solutions, Bailey Vision Clinic, Dr. Beth Patterson, Dentistry for Children, Bold Smiles, Central Arkansas Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Cool 104, Crain Media, Dana Province, DDS, Downtown Church of Christ, Harding Press, Harding University, Harps Pharmacy, Hopkins Braces, J. Scott Smith, DDS, Junior Auxiliary of Searcy, Kiwanis Club of Searcy, Leap Kids Dental, Lions Club of Searcy, Marco’s Pizza, Neaville Family Dentistry, Paul A. Teed, Family Dentistry, Quality Office, Quattlebaum Music Center, Rotary Club of Searcy, Scott W. Eichhorn, DDS, Searcy Beauty College, Searcy Dental Associates, Searcy Eye Care & Vision Therapy Center, Searcy Family Dental, Showalter Family Dentistry, Southern Dental Group, Stotts Drug Store, Taylor Family Dentistry, The Daily Citizen, Three Rivers Edition, Today’s Family Dentistry, U.S. Foods and White County Health Department.